Trammo LPG carrier rescues three off Costa Rica

Commodity trader’s long-term chartered vessel arrives in the nick of time to save fisherman.


August 24th, 2018 02:28 GMT

by Dale Wainwright

Published in TradeWinds

A LPG carrier on long-term charter to commodities trader Trammo has pulled off the dramatic rescue of three people adrift in the Pacific Ocean.  The crew of the 35,217-cbm Sylvie (built 2007) are said to have spotted an unidentifiable object some 200 miles off the coast of Costa Rica.  “After tracking it with binoculars the vessel's crew observed movements which looked like people waving their hands,” a Trammo official tells TradeWinds.

“The vessel decided to proceed directly to what ended up being a wrecked fishing boat and realized that three survivors were clinging on to the bow of the boat.”  The crew of Hong Kong-flagged tanker, which is owned by Unique Shipping Group, then proceeded to rescue the shipwrecked sailors.

The survivors said that they were Costa-Rican fishermen and that their boat had sunk due to sudden ingress of water which did not allow sufficient time to put on floating aids.  “They had been in the water for at least five hours and were losing hope knowing that night would fall soon just before LPG carrier Sylvie appeared on the horizon,” the Trammo official said.

“Arrangements were made for survivors to be off-landed on a fishing vessel Cap Gilbert which brought them back to Costa Rica.  Castaways were doing well and are thankful for the crew of the Sylvie and Trammo for savings their life.”

The Sylvie had been sailing off the coast Costa Rica while performing a commercial voyage in the region sailing from Balboa to Far East.